Could everyone please stop launching blogs and upgrading smartphones and buying airconditioners that are operated across the web? The internet is nearly full. In approximately 500 days, planet Earth is expected to run out of the unique numbers that identify the world’s networked devices.

The numbers are known as internet protocol addresses but if that sounds like geek, don’t fret. They are probably more familiar than you realise. An IP address uses four numbers from 0 to 255 to distinguish one computer from another. As an example, computers around the world can recognise the IP address 203.26.51.71 as a server for fairfax.com.au, which publishes this newspaper online

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald by CONRAD WALTERS May 18, 2010 Comments 26

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